The Eric Braeden contract drama continues to unfold over at The Young and the Restless. The actor, who -- barring a last-minute breakthrough -- filmed his last scenes as Victor Newman on September 23rd, recently talked to Entertainment Weekly about the situation ... and what went wrong.
On offering to take a paycut when he last negotiated his deal:
"I was the first one [to offer] because I knew that if we all did it, we would insure the continuation of the show. I did it two years ago when I signed my last contract, which I thought would last until next November."
On why he won't take a cut now:
"When I sign a three-year deal, I'm obligated to fulfill that deal. The producers, however, can come to me after a half-year and say, 'We've changed our minds.' Where in the world of business does this kind of contract exist? Do I blame the people for wanting to squeeze as much out of us as they can? I do not. The question is, when do you squeeze too much?"
On saying goodbye to Genoa City:
"I said this could be a long goodbye, and I may not see you for a long time. Who knows? I'm not saying I've been let go -- we're still negotiating. But it feels like that."
On the future of soaps:
"Our show deals with adult problems in a long continuous manner, and very much like the way things are dealt with in real life. In that sense I think there will always be a need for [soaps]. They're almost novelistic in their approach."
What do you think will happen with Eric and Y&R? Will you watch without him?
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